THE daughter of Interior Ministry Secretary of State Em Sam An has been banned for
life from entry into Singapore after she was caught attempting to carry a handgun
onto a flight to Phnom Penh.
A government source told the Post that Em Socheata, 27, was discovered to have been
in possession of "a small personal handgun" on Feb 27 as she passed through
customs on her way to catch a flight back to Phnom Penh.
The source downplayed the seriousness of the incident, saying that Socheata's "extremely
emotional" reaction to the gun's discovery was evidence of her lack of malign
intent in carrying the weapon.
"[Socheata] probably has many different handbags, but on that particular day
she accidentally chose the one with a handgun inside," the source said.
Although Socheata was allowed to board a Phnom Penh-bound flight later the same day
after several hours of questioning, she has been banned from future travel to the
When contacted by the Post on March 14 about the incident, Em Sam An dismissed it
as "a minor problem".
"The Singapore authorities already ironed [this problem] out,...[Socheata] was
detained for only a few hours," Sam An said.
Before hanging up Sam An asked the Post not to write about the incident warning that
if it did "...you will be in trouble with me."